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July 3, 2009 | Jessica Spring Exhibition

The Horse Show is an installation of BAG member Jessica Spring's newest artist book at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon.  The exhibit runs from July 3-August 1, 2009 and there is an reception for the artist Friday July 10.  There will also be an artist talk and hands-on letterpress demo on Saturday August 1 at 4:00 PM.  The hours of the gallery are Thursday-Saturday 12-6 and by appointment.

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June 14, 2009 | BAG Launches New Website!

As a special birthday present to ourselves on our 30th year as a community, we are pleased to launch our new website. Heartfelt thanks to current BAG president Carl Montford for really getting the fire going. To current and recent BAG Board members for all the work and planning that was needed to achieve our goals—Mare Blocker, Joan Christ, Joan Cawley Crane, Margery Hellmann, Sandra Kroupa, Kate Leonard, Carl Montford, Chandler O'Leary, Nan Robkin, Fruma Shrensel, Jessica Spring, Bonnie Thompson Norman, and Jenny Wilkson—we are most grateful! We also wish to thank our wonderful web developer Matthew Fordham. We could not have done it without you. 


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May 29, 2009 | Remembering Larry Sommers

Larry Sommers was a long time member of the Book Arts Guild & was president of BAG for several years through some the group’s most difficult times.  With his humor, even-handed approach, personal integrity & charm he could handle any situation.  Larry died on April 2, 2009 at the age of 55 of heart attack in Chicago while attending a printmaking conference.  Larry taught printmaking & papermaking & was Instructional Technician in the School of Art at the University of Washington.  A celebration of his life was held on May 29, 2009.  See the BAG events page for details.

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September 30, 2008 | Enid Mark passes

Internationally known book artist Enid Mark, ELM Press, based in Philadelphia died on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 of the complications of cancer after a difficult year.  Enid had done a number of lectures and workshops for the BAG and joined the group some 20 years ago.  She has many fans and friends in the group.  There was a memorial service Thursday, October 2.

 Enid did books under the ELM Press imprint.  The University of Washington Libraries is one of the very few institutions having all the ELM Press books.  In 2007, it was Sandra Kroupa’s pleasure to curate a retrospective of her work in "A PASSION FOR WORD & IMAGE: BOOKS BY ENID MARK", an exhibition of limited editions and prints in Suzzallo/Allen Library, Room 102 and Special Collections Lobby, March 12-May 28, 2007.  Her husband Gene says it was her favorite of the three one-person exhibits she had in the last five years.  Enid's work was unique in the field and her creative spark will be missed terribly.  If you want to know about her work, see her website: or make an appointment with Sandra to see the work in person.

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